“Imposter Syndrome.” It happens to everyone who puts themselves in situations that are uncomfortable: environments that push them to grow and inspire them to be a part of something bigger than themselves. Despite the feeling of not belonging, imposter syndrome actually means that you are right where you’re supposed to be: it means that you’re in a headspace that encourages you to constantly strive for more, and when recognized in a healthy manner, it can be the driving force that causes you to shoot for the stars and achieve successes that you never thought were possible.
During the college application process, students usually have the opportunity to visit numerous college campuses across the world in order to figure out if you can envision yourself at that university. Visiting schools is a great way to help decide if you should apply to the school and the visit can inspire your “Why X” college application essay.
Writing college application essays can be grueling because you're trying to figure out the words that best describe who you are and formulating the most succinct and compelling way to get your message across. Brainstorming can be the hardest part: it can send you into an existential crisis where you’re stuck wondering who you actually are, what you’re passionate about, and what you want to do with your life.
Essay writing had always been a point of anxiety for me, particularly when it came to my college applications and personal insight questions. How do I make myself stand out over thousands of other incredibly ambitious students? What is it about my essay or writing style that will make the counselor pause, and really stay interested in what I have to say? How am I supposed to summarize every passion, dream, and challenge I have faced in my life, in 350 words or less? College application essay writing was one of the most daunting tasks I faced during my high school career, but oddly enough, the only thing that actually held me back most of the time was my own insecurity and uncertainty when it came to conveying my ideas.
Applying to college is super stressful! Especially when you’re applying to many schools that require different essays, supplements, and scores. In this post, I’ll be sharing my organization tips on how to ensure that you do not forget any steps in your college application journey!